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Worship - A Little Bit More

Worship is the supreme purpose of the universe.  The reason the heavens and the earth were created was to glorify God.  The psalmist says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” and “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and let your glory be over all the earth."

Worship, ascribing worth and glory to God, is the proper response of all created beings towards the Lord who made us and whose worth and beauty is beyond description.  “Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.”  The reason we live and breathe is to bring glory to God.            

The Westminster Catechism asks and answers this question, “What is the chief and highest end of man?  The chief and highest end of man is to glorify God and fully to enjoy Him forever.”  At the Community of Believers, we believe that worship is our response to all that God is and all that God does.  Worship is also a place of meeting with God wherein we offer ourselves to God as living sacrifices and receive from God every spiritual blessing in Christ.

Therefore, at Community Vineyard Church we place the greatest and highest value on worship—not just as a song service on Sunday morning but as a way of life.  As individual believers, worship takes the form of prayer, communion with God, spending time enjoying the presence of God and living our lives in humble submission to the will of God in such as way as to bring Him glory.  Sunday morning worship is the culmination of a week lived in His presence.

When we gather on Sunday morning for our worship service, we believe we are accomplishing four things.  1) We give corporate expression of our love for Jesus Christ and our appreciation for His atonement on our behalf.  2)  We celebrate God’s wonderful works in our lives.  3) We are being built together as a habitation for God, wherein He dwells by His Spirit.  4) We receive from God His Word, the Scriptures, to be planted in us; and also prophetic words that edify and encourage.

For all of the reasons listed above, our primary audience for our worship on Sunday morning is not man, but God.  We seek to worship God in a manner with which He is pleased and will manifest His presence in our midst.  Therefore we will design our worship in such a way as to celebrate our God and welcome His presence. We believe that seekers are not put off by a genuine expression of passionate worship, indeed we believe that they would be blessed and attracted by the presence of the Holy Spirit.  We desire to remove unnecessary cultural barriers that will keep people from experiencing God and we have seen that even unbelievers “can fall down and worship God, exclaiming, ‘God is really among you!’

The music portion of our worship on Sunday morning will be directed by the designated worship leaders.  We are excited about the passionate heart for worship leaders display.  Working as a team with the pastors and elders, we will together try to discern the prophetic flow of the Spirit.  As the Spirit directs, Sunday mornings will feature music, drama, and ministry.  Most Sunday mornings will include the teaching of the Word of God.

Some individuals are specifically called and gifted to lead the church in public expressions of worship. While the overall responsibility for directing worship and leading the church falls primarily on the pastors and elders, we are also expecting God to continually raise up anointed leaders, musicians and worshippers who can come alongside us and, together with us, lead God’s people into the presence of the Lord.